Monday , Jan , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Seeking Rehab for David Harrison?

The Indiana Pacers did not know center David Harrison failed two previous drug tests until they learned he was suspended five games for violating the league’s drug program last Friday while they were preparing for practice in Phoenix. As part of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are not notified about a failed drug test until a player is suspended.Team officials, in particular Walsh and president Larry Bird, plan to encourage Harrison to seek all the necessary help needed to get over the latest obstacle in what has been a disappointing career for the fourth-year center.

Harrison said in a phone interview last weekend that he knows he needs to grow up because, if not, his chances of remaining in the NBA could be running out. Harrison is in the final year of his contract, meaning there’s no guarantee he’ll be in the NBA next season. While waiting for his flight back to Indianapolis from Phoenix, Harrison looked up at the television and saw on the bottom of the screen, ‘Pacers center David Harrison suspended five games for violating NBA’s Anti-Drug program.’ ‘I didn’t like seeing that,’ Harrison said. ‘I want to apologize to Larry (Bird), Donnie Walsh, my teammates and the fans for letting them down.’ Click  here for more from the Idianapolis Star.